Thu.Sep 14, 2017

How companies strangle innovation – and how you can get it right

Steve Blank

A shorter version of this post first appeared on the HBR blog. — I just watched a very smart company try to manage innovation by hiring a global consulting firm to offload engineering from “distractions.”

5 Motivations for Innovation


How do you best incentivise participation in innovation? Or conversely how do you avoid accidentally demotivating people through your innovation initiatives? We’ve heard quite a few organisations ask us a version of these questions, and especially the second question over the years. Needless to say I would guess that innovation programmes can be inadvertently demotivating if the balance between competition verses collaboration wasn’t quite right.

Innovation in Corporate Financial Services

Innovation Excellence

Societal and technological trends are developing at an exponential pace. We see it, sense it, and read about it every day.

The Coming of the Age of Tolerance


How did we arrive here, so suddenly? When for the first time was the original idea of the ‘age of curiosity, scarcity and abundance” published? It was right here in a syndicated column in 2005 and it was a very scarce notion. Today Age of Abundance is a useless notion; the term is widely used […]. Innovation Psychology

Three Keys to Accelerating Innovation through Connecting and Collaborating Outside your Organization

Speaker: Gordon Vala-Webb, Author, Speaker and Consultant, Building Smarter Organizations

From his upcoming book, Building Smarter Organizations, Gordon will do a deep dive into connecting and collaborating with those outside your organization to accelerate innovation. Gordon will provide practical strategies to connecting and working with the "nearside" of suppliers, partners and alumni in order to accelerate innovation.

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How Concentrated Are Innovation Networks?


The 2017 R&D Trends Forecast by the Industrial Research Institute estimates that global R&D investment will increase by 3.4% in 2017 to $2.066 trillion with academic institutions and federal labs making up a significant portion of that total.

Back in the Game: EA’s Near Death Experience


In this episode, Andy Billings , Vice President of Profitable Creativity at Electronic Arts , joins us.

Sweating the Small Stuff


The Tour de France is a gruelling race, clawing your way up mountains, pounding along mile after mile of roads – and all with the whirr of gears and the click of your competitor’s pedals in your ears. Winning the precious yellow jersey, each day is a real feat – and managing to hold on to that lead through time trials, hill climbs and general jostling with the others in the peloton before the final triumphant roll into Pairs is something else.

Interview with WW2 Veteran James Corrigan

Destination Innovation

James Corrigan (born 1924) joined the Durham Light Infantry at the age of 17. He took part in the Sicily landing and the D-Day landing. He was mentioned in dispatches and was awarded the Legion d’Honneur and the Croix de Guerre. Here he recounts some of his memories to Paul Sloane.

Building A Collaborative Innovation Playbook

Speaker: Greg Satell, Innovation Advisor, Speaker and Author

From his newly released book, Greg Satell has researched how people and organizations successfully innovate. We are excited to have Greg join us for a session that will draw upon these insights and provide a playbook for how to define the right innovation strategies for your organization to overcome the specific challenges that your organization faces and dramatically improve your innovation effectiveness.